2017 Summer Session

Unlock Your Potential
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Registration Now Open!

About MMASC's Summer Session
The Summer Session is one of four premier annual events provide by MMASC and its partners. This one-day conference includes professional development sessions on important topics facing the profession, as well as networking opportunities for MMASC members and sponsors. This is a perfect opportunity for individuals and organizations to tap into the expertise of regional leaders and gain exposure to best practices. 

Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Check-in beginning at 8:30 AM
Networking reception immediately following the program


Registration Rates

Early Bird Registration
(Through July 7)
Regular Registration
(July 7 - July 18)
MMASC Member $95 $105
Non-Member $105 $115
MMASC Student Member $65 $75

Cancellations received prior to July 6, 2017, will receive 100% refund.
Cancellations received between July 7 - July 13, 2017, will receive 50% refund. 
Substitutions from the same agency or organization will be allowed until 72 hours prior to the Summer Session. 


(sessions subject to change) 
8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

 9:00 AM Welcome & MMASC Opening Remarks

 9:15 AM

Grants 101

Presented by Arminé Chaparyan, Community Development Director, City of San Gabriel

Ms. Chaparyan will provide attendees with a grant management 101 session encompassing grant writing, solicitation, and development. She will explore how grant management is an art in and of itself and vital for local government. With levels of funding continuing to decrease nationally, she will share her experiences in securing grant funding with attendees so you can learn how to obtain the grants you apply for to enhance your community. She will encourage attendees to remember a few key takeaways on the Do's and Don'ts of grant writing, solicitation, administration, and reporting.

About Arminé Chaparyan:  Ms. Chaparyan joined the City of San Gabriel in December 2014 as the Community Development Director. Prior to this role, she most recently served as the Housing and Community Preservation Manager and Interim City Clerk at the City of Santa Clarita and Senior Project Manager at the City of Ontario Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Agency. As a result, her vast experience includes the management of major redevelopment projects while serving as the lead negotiator, the management of CDBG programs including grants for 14 non-profits and housing rehabilitation programs, the implementation of infill housing developments, single-family rehabilitation programs, and first-time home-buyer programs in Ontario, the implementation of the City of San Gabriel's City Council's adopted Specific Plan for the revitalization efforts of Old Town Newhall, and the creation of an economic development program for San Gabriel's downtown including construction of a $25 million public library.

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM

Strategic Planning Session

Presented by Aram Chaparyan, Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator, City of Torrance

Mr. Chaparyan will share with attendees his lessons learned from managing the City of Torrance’s Strategic Plan for the past five years and the City’s efforts to monitor the plan's key performance indicators.  He will highlight the value of developing City committees that represent all segments of your unique communities to ensure that everyone contributes to the strategic planning process and is engaged in planning the future of the community.  He will help attendees understand the importance of structuring strategic plans that are inclusive of an action plan that outlines and provides direction on implementing the plan, tracking the progress of identified performance indicators, and communicating with the community. He will also reveal the challenges staff experienced in managing the initial 186 key performance indicators. The City of Torrance’s lessons learned in updating its Strategic Plan and engaging the community will provide you with a framework to develop or update a Strategic Plan in collaboration with the community you serve.

About Aram Chaparyan:  Mr. Chaparyan started his public sector journey as a Management Intern with the City Manager's Office at the City of Torrance in 2001. Since that time, he has promoted to the Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Labor Negotiator at the City. He currently provides daily operational support and oversight including management of the workforce, land management, special projects, and labor relations. His experience includes managing transit operations, negotiating collective bargaining agreements, implementing major citywide reorganizations, and updating the City's Strategic Plan. He is a major proponent of talent management, organization readiness and building a solid bench to recruit and retain quality employees. Mr. Chaparyan is also active with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the UC Irvine Alumni Association serving as a mentor, hosting students for externships and serving on career panels.

 12:00 PM Etiquette Luncheon 

 12:45 PM Call for Executive Board Nominations 

 1:15 PM Leading in Difficult Times/Team Building Session
Presented by Ben Siegel, City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano &
Jacob Green, Assistant City Manager, City of San Juan Capistrano

Mr. Siegel was appointed City Manager of the City of San Juan Capistrano in February 2016, after nearly 30% of the City’s positions had been vacated and the organization had a reputation for political and professional instability.  Mr. Siegel had to build a new executive team and City workforce, address an unsustainable litigation profile, transition the City to district elections, and rebuild a culture that had been negatively impacted by external and internal strife.  Today, just 18 months after assuming the City Manager position, the culture is being revitalized and the City has a promising future with a myriad of new development projects, including two downtown hotels and numerous other innovative development projects, on the horizon. 

Mr. Siegel and his Assistant City Manager Jacob Green will share the successes, blunders, and lessons learned from the last 18 months, including their perspectives on how to make a positive impact in any public sector environment and how their respective backgrounds and roles in other organizations have given them the ability to work as a strong City Manager/Assistant City Manager team.    

Key Takeaways
  • Determine top priorities in times of stress
  • Creative thinking to identify hidden opportunities
  • Help team members become more comfortable with change and uncertainty
  • Improve work environment and culture among your team
  • Understand how to evaluate career development opportunities to maximize public sector impact 
About Ben Siegel:  Ben Siegel has served as San Juan Capistrano’s City Manager since February 2016. Ben has spent his entire career in public service and previously worked for the cities of Encinitas, Lake Forest and Laguna Beach. He has broad experience in city government, with extensive knowledge in the areas of land use and development, transportation and public infrastructure. Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA and completed his Master of Public Administration Degree at Cal State Fullerton. He also received a certificate in Construction and Development Management from UC Irvine. Ben is passionate about making government more effective and training tomorrow’s public sector leaders. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Public Administration program at Cal State Fullerton and created the City Management Fellowship Program, which enables high-performing students to learn directly from local city managers outside of the typical classroom environment. He received the Stewardship Award from the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in recognition of his contributions to the profession.

About Jacob Green:  Jacob Green serves as the Assistant City Manager for San Juan Capistrano with responsibility for oversight of the Community Services Department, Human Resources Department, Information Technology, Media Relations/Communications, Public Safety Liaison, and Special Projects/Programs. During his previous 11 years with the City of Ontario, California, he served in numerous roles including Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Business Operations Director, Police Administrative Director, and began his tenure in Ontario as the Emergency Manager. Jacob also had previous Emergency Management positions with the City of Santa Ana and the City of Fountain Valley, and began his public service career as a Police Dispatcher. Jacob holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Public and Community Service, and a minor in Management from the University of California, Irvine. Jacob recently received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Western University and received certification from the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional. Jacob has received numerous awards for his community service leadership, including the National Caring Award, the Orange County Human Relations Award, and the Gene Lentzner Humanitarian Award. Jacob is a professional public speaker who lectures nationally on leadership, organizational development, and leveraging adversity.

 2:15 PM Break 

 2:30 PM Cover Letter Session

 3:15 PM Tools to Enhance Your Professional and Organization's LinkedIn Presence

 4:00 PM Networking Reception

Summer Session Committee

Nicholas Gonzalez, Co-Chair City of Ontario
Amber Haston, Co-Chair City of Costa Mesa
Ryan Hallett City of Laguna Beach
Lori Karaguezian Orange County Sanitation District
Paolo Kespradit City of Alhambra
Jackie Wong City of San Gabriel 

Contact Information

For questions or more information regarding the 2017 Summer Session, please contact the Summer Session Co-Chairs, Nick Gonzalez and Amber Haston at summersession@mmasc.org